5 year housing land supply

According to the definition in the National Planning Policy Framework and associated guidance, the 5 year land supply is a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide 5 years of housing (and appropriate buffer). This is against a housing requirement set out in adopted strategic policies, or against a local housing need figure, using the standard method.

Medway's 5 year housing land supply as of 31 March 2023 stands at 3.3 years. 


Annual requirements as of 31 March 2023 1,667 dwellings
5 year requirement (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2028) 8,335 dwellings
Total requirement (with 20% buffer) 10,002 dwellings (2,000 dwellings per year)


Large sites (sites with 5 or more dwellings) 5,796 dwellings
Small sites (sites with under 5 dwellings) 267 dwellings
Windfall allowance (250 per year in years 4 and 5) 500 dwellings
Total supply 6,563 dwellings


Years supply (in years) 3.3
Surplus or deficit -3,439 dwellings

Details of the specific sites which make up this land supply and the wider trajectory of delivery over the next 15 years are published in the 2023 Authority Monitoring Report (AMR).

The figure will be updated when the 2024 AMR is published in December 2024.